Frances (1982)

As played by Jessica Lange, Frances Farmer is a rebel from the word go, winning a high school essay award by writing a piece in defense of Communism. Determining to become an actress, Frances is equally determined not to play the Hollywood… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 17, 1982
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Jessica Lange brings so much energy and personal involvement to her portrayal of Frances Farmer that you can't help but feel sorry for her; nothing else in the film remotely matches her talent and dedication.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Jessica Lange plays Frances Farmer in a performance that is so driven, that contains so many different facets of a complex personality, that we feel she has an intuitive understanding of this tragic woman.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Jessica Lange turns in a forceful performance, but director Graeme Clifford stresses the most sordid aspects of the story.

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Variety Staff

It's quite an accomplishment for Jessica Lange and it's too bad a better film didn't come of it.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Frances] is such a mixed up movie that it still seems to be unfinished, as if Graeme Clifford, the director, and the writers hadn't yet discovered the real point of the Frances Farmer story.

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Jo Berry
Radio Times

Jessica Lange is mesmerising in this uneven biopic of the spirited, politically outspoken 1930s actress Frances Farmer.

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Verina Glaessner
Time Out

Farmer, as scripted here and played by Lange, unsurprisingly remains something of a cypher.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

All the more credit to Lange that she's able to extract something so titanically powerful from material so limiting.

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People Magazine

With a superb lead performance from Jessica Lange, this is a horror story based on life, not nightmare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A beautiful actress with a rebellious streak is plagued by perceived mental illness. Jessica Lange, who received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for this role,… More
Michael Gildea
Frances left me feeling (obviously not as) torn as Frances Farmer herself in watching it. On the one hand I praise it for Jessica Lange's powerhouse… More
Dean McKenna
Wonderful biopic of the late 1930s Hollywood star Frances Farmer that tells a little known yet horrific, story but is over-Hollywoodised. Jessica Lange makes a… More
Veronique Kwak
"frances" is a flick based on 1930s rebel actress frances farmer whose life and great potentiality were wasted horridly in mental institution. (raped,… More
Spencer S.
The film starts as a standard biopic, charting the success of actress Frances Farmer in all her mundane glory. There are scenes of her atheism, lack of fear… More
jay nixon
a searing performance by jessica lange of a truly sad and tortured woman makes this profoundly downbeat film worth watching.